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Sarah Bachelard is an ordained Anglican priest and retreat leader, based in Canberra, Australia. She is the founding director of Benedictus Contemplative Church and an honorary research fellow at the Australian Catholic University. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where she studied theology with former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.  Sarah will also be the keynote speaker at this summer’s John Main Seminar in Vancouver this August, hosted annually by the World Community for Christian Meditation.   

I met Sarah at the New Contemplative Exchange in Snowmass, CO, in August of 2017. We connected not only over our love of all things contemplative, but we have a background in teaching and research in both theology and ethics.  She also has a chapter in a book that emerged out of our gathering and is coming out in the fall of 2019 with Crossroads Press.  The anticipated release date is September first, and I’ll post more info when it’s released.  

Here is a follow-up note I received from Sarah, clarifying some of the material we discuss in the podcast about St. Paul and the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (for more about Bonhoeffer, listen to Episode 12 with John Hendrix:

“As I suspected, I’d conflated 2 bits of Paul in my memory! 

But 1 Corinthians 4: 3-5: 

 ’with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by your or by any human court. I do not even judge myself. I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgement before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation from God’. 

And Colossians 3: 3-4: 

‘for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ is God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory’.

A major treatment of this theme by Bonhoeffer is in the chapter in Ethics called ‘God’s love and the disintegration of the world’.”

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